- Sustainable cement based on clinkers with low energy requirements and fly ash.
- High performance cement with low-impact internal curing agents and self-sealing.
- Photocatalytic, self-cleaning cement with TiO2 based on waste of opaque PET and recycled glass for façade cladding.
- Sustainable construction materials based on agricultural byproducts and fibres recovered from textile waste.
- Networks of low-cost, small sensors for monitoring NH3 in stables and reducing the smell in nearby populations.
- Sensorics to detect pollution in the environment. Measurement of levels of methane in gas pipelines.
- Bio-based foams and polymer insulation materials (polyol foams, natural cellulose fibres and nanocrystals) for buildings and vehicles.
- Agents that repel water and oil that are non-fluoridated for the textile industry.
- Encapsulation and sequential release of aromas with changes in flavour.
- Bio-based flame retardants for environmentally friendly plastics instead of halogenated compounds.
- New natural biodegradable polymers (PHAs) based on mixed microbial cultures with applications in industry and medicine.
- Development of biodegradable polymers.
- New materials and multi-materials for additive manufacturing that improve productivity (functional parts, finishes and post-processes).
- Obtaining nano surfaces and functional microstructures in injected polymer parts.
- Antibacterial and osteoinductive coatings.
- Surgical meshes that can interact as a smart material with biological tissues.
- Implantable and absorbable sensors for pressure, temperature and acidity.
- Highly sensitive technology to detect viral infections in the blood.
- Functionalised hydrogels with nanoparticles.
- New polymer materials for drug release.
- Design of new biodegradable polymer systems with bactericide, antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties.
- Manufacture by ultrasound of coatings with antimicrobial nanoparticles on the surface of special hospital textiles, water treatment membranes, implantable medical devices, etc.
CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT
- Methods and tools to integrate circular systems in the process industry.
- Recovery of added value waste from the copper industry (Bi/Sb) and elimination of As in the mineral phase.
- Recycling of opaque PET for high added value applications.
- New materials and coatings to mitigate abrasive wear and deterioration caused by corrosion.
- Treatment of effluent from textile industries through a new electrochemical alkaline system for hydrogen production.
- Development of lightweight, high-performance biocompounds that are recyclable.
- Water treatment, recovery of valuable metals and minerals from brines from desalination plants.
- Obtaining bioproducts and bioenergy from cyanobacterial activity on waste from urban wastewater, the food industry and others.
- Recovery of metals through reactive crystallisation, selective membrane separation and selective sorption/desorption from brine.
- Thermosensitive hydrogels for desalination and purification of water.
- Recovery of rare earth and metal elements from:
- E-waste and lithium-ion batteries
- Liquid defluent from hydrometallurgical and mining processes
- High added value polymers from recycled, devulcanized elastomers.
Management of emergencies
- 3D models for assessing the spread of fires, adverse weather or the dispersal of pollution.
- Virtual reality in 3D, real volumes and dynamics of computational fluids to measure the radiative transfer and improve the monitoring of fires.
- Protocols for the population and for the emergency services in hazardous situations.
- Bioplastics for sustainable packaging based on polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA).
- Edible food packaging based on materials from renewable sources that are biodegradable and safe and can protect foods and increase their useful life.
- Highly crystalline, degradable polyesters and polyurethanes for the manufacture of environmentally friendly containers.
- Wastewater filtration systems from aquaculture to retain emerging pollutants (antibiotics).
- Antimicrobial agents of marine origin to reduce the use of conventional food supplements for fish and animals.
- Identification of sources of greenhouse gases using radon as a tracer.
- Microencapsulation with biodegradable polymers to avoid the release of microplastics in the process of domestic cleaning with fabric conditioners.
CHEMICAL AND LABORATORY PROCESSES
- Ecoblends of high added value to optimise additive manufacture.
- Production of ethanol in an ecological, selective way based on CO2 and methane through a hydroxyapatite catalyst.
- Management of highly active nuclear waste: dissolution of fission products and actinides in nuclear fuel
- Transformation of low-quality residual heat into electricity due to conversion processes, transport and use of energy
- Catalyst to produce hydrogen through reforming of a renewable substrate.
- Bimetal catalysts for processes of production of blue and green hydrogen.
AGRICULTURE AND MARINE ENVIRONMENT
- The protection of infrastructures is a commercial and environmental challenge as it enables the useful life of these elements to be lengthened and avoids the early generation of residues.
- The UPC POLQUITEX research group is working, along with the company CARINSA, on the research and development of fragrance microcapsules with biodegradable polymer materials for use in fabric softeners, to avoid the release of microplastics into the environment.
- Cities are responsible for 80% of global energy consumption, 70% of total waste generation and 60% of greenhouse gas emissions of the planet. For this reason, measures need to be taken to transform cities into more sustainable, circular ecosystems.
- A team of researchers from the Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology of the Barcelona School of Agri-Food and Biosystems Engineering (EEABB), associated with the Specific Research Centre for Agri-Food Technology (Agrotech UPC), and the Design and Assessment group of Broadband Networks and Services (BAMPLA) at the Castelldefels School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering (EETAC), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC), are participating in the development of a monitoring and decision support system for weed management in crops.